Jury Trials

Municipal-court

JURY TRIALS

Any individual with a case in Municipal Court has the right to be tried by a jury (S.C.  Code Annotated §14-25-125). A jury panel in this court consists of six (6) people residing within the city limits of Clemson, South Carolina. Their names are provided electronically by the South Carolina Election Commission.

Requests should be made in person or in writing prior to the date and time of the scheduled Bench Trial. Once a person has signed up for a Jury Trial, they are not required to attend the original Bench Trial court date set by the officer. Within 4-6 weeks of requesting a Jury Trial, a Pre-Trial conference will be scheduled with the City Attorney. If the case cannot be resolved during this conference, you will be assigned the first available date for a Jury Trial. Questions relating to Jury Trials should be directed to Gail Fox, Clerk of Court, (864) 653-2042.

In a jury trial, the jury determines guilt or innocence. In Municipal Court the City Attorney prosecutes the case on behalf of initiating/arresting officer. Generally, defense attorneys represent the accused; however, defendants may elect to defend themselves as pro se. The presiding judge determines sentencing, if applicable.

 

 

General Jury Trial Proceedings

Jury Trial Proceedings